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The New NIU Jazz Ensemble
The New NIU Jazz Ensemble, formerly known as the NIU Jazz Lab Band, directed by Rodrigo Villanueva, is booked to perform this week at the House Café in DeKalb and next week at the legendary Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Shows at the House, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., are scheduled for 8 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday,...
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The NIU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Reggie Thomas, will present the “Let’s Swing Dance!” from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. NIU students with ID are admitted free. General admission tickets are $10; the price for senior citizens and other students is $7. Tickets...
Lenard Simpson
Lenard Simpson, a sophomore from Milwaukee, was recognized as a 2015 Luminarts Fellow in Jazz during the Luminarts Cultural Foundation annual competition held Feb. 18 at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. “The thing I enjoy most about playing is just the feeling of being free and putting everything else that’s going on behind me,” said Simpson,...
NIU Jazz Lab Band
NIU and DeKalb-area high school students join instructors from the School of Music every year for a trip to the annual Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. The all-state event promotes life-long learning and leadership among music enthusiasts. In attendance are those widely considered the who’s who of high school and collegiate music programs across...
Reginald Thomas' hands on the piano
Reginald “Reggie” Thomas has accepted the position as coordinator of the internationally recognized Northern Illinois University School of Music‘s internationally renowned Jazz Studies program. Thomas succeeds the esteemed jazz educator Ronald Carter, who is retiring after 20 years at NIU. Thomas comes to NIU from the Michigan State University College of Music, where he has...
Ron Carter
After 20 years of directing the NIU Jazz Ensemble and shaping the diversity of the program, School of Music professor Ron Carter will retire this spring. “I will definitely miss the students a lot and the great colleagues I’ve met here,” Carter said. “I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to recruit students from all over the...
Ron Carter
The nationally renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble will bid a fond farewell to its longtime beloved director, Ron Carter, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. Carter, who is retiring from NIU this spring, will host a pre-concert jam session for former students and friends at 6...
NIU Jazz Lab Band
The NIU Jazz Lab Band, directed by Rodrigo Villanueva, will perform two shows Tuesday, March 18, at the legendary Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Funds raised at the door will help the band produce its first live DVD, which was recorded in January at the Peoria Civic Center as part of the 2014 Illinois Music Education...
Summer camp: visual arts
Dance, visual arts, theater and instrumental jazz are on the summer camp agenda at Northern Illinois University this summer. These six-day residential camps for junior and senior high school students are scheduled in July. Campers work with faculty, alumni and students and gain a greater appreciation for the life of an artist. Dance Camp is...
Marianne Kim
Marianne Kim, a graduate student of jazz piano in the NIU School of Music, is celebrating recent and pending publication of her arrangements. Already on the market is the recent “I Have Heard You Calling in the Night,” a piano solo collection including Kim’s arrangement of “In the Garden.” “Contemporary Hymn Stylings,” 10 piano solos...
NIU Jazz Ensemble, 2013-14
Director Ron Carter and the legendary NIU Jazz Ensemble will perform its fall concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. Rodney Whitaker, an internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, is the guest artist. The performance is the last fall concert for Carter, an...
NIU Jazz Lab Band
Director Rodrigo Villanueva and the NIU Jazz Lab Band will perform their last concert of the spring semester at 8 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building. The band will perform an eclectic and dazzling program featuring two of the top jazz trombonists in the Chicago area: NIU’s...
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